There are a lot of good Samsung phones out there from today and yesteryear, but how do they rank against each other? We’re here to help you find out.
Samsung doesn’t only make headline-grabbing flagships with great specs and features – it has a wide range of smartphones which may be the perfect fit depending on your needs and budget.
With that in mind, here’s our guide to the best Samsung phones available right now. It covers new and old(er) devices at a range of price points, along with different screen sizes, specs and features.
Before you buy, you should realize this list may change dramatically in the coming months. We already have the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in for review, so that is likely to enter this list very soon.
1. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
This is the best Samsung phone right now
Release date: February 2019 | Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 8/12GB | Storage: 128GB/512GB/1TB | Battery: 4,100mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP + 8MP
Excellent screen-to-body ratio
In-screen fingerprint sensor
Sizable price hike
As Samsung’s latest and greatest mainstream flagship, is it any wonder that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus tops this list?
It’s a big upgrade over the previous year’s model, with a new all-screen design, enabled by Samsung ditching bezels in favor of a punch-hole camera. Speaking of the camera, you get three on the back and two on the front, making this a very versatile camera phone.
The fingerprint scanner is in the screen now, which is far more ideal than it being on the back, and there’s a big 4,100mAh battery, which gives the Galaxy S10 Plus a lot of life. So much so you might even consider using the new Wireless PowerShare feature to juice up other devices with it.
The Galaxy S10 Plus also has a massive 6.4-inch screen and all the power you’d expect from a flagship in 2019. It’s Samsung’s best and at the time of writing also tops our list of the best smartphones from any manufacturer.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review
2. Samsung Galaxy S10
Similar to the Plus, but smaller
Release date: February 2019 | Weight: 157g | Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB/512GB | Battery: 3,400mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP
In-screen fingerprint sensor
Wireless PowerShare feature
Another price hike
Not the best camera
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 is a fitting second place in our list of the best phones from Samsung as it’s largely similar to its top-end sibling.
You miss a few features by opting for the S10 over the Plus, but if you’re looking to save a little money it’s still going to offer the core highlights, such as that Infinity-O screen, the slick design and top-end internals.
The fingerprint scanner is also in the screen on the Galaxy S10, plus it looks gorgeous with an incredible 550 pixels per inch on this model. You’ve got a variety of color options, plus there’s the choice of either 128GB or 512GB depending on how much space you’ll need.
The battery life on the standard S10 isn’t as great as it is on the Plus, but it’s not something to turn your nose up at as it can still easily survive a full day of use.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10 review
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Big screen, bigger battery, a top Samsung phone
Release date: August 2018 | Weight: 205g | Dimensions: 162 x 76.4 x 9mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/512GB (up to 1TB with card) | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Improved battery life
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 isn’t just one of the best Samsung phones you can buy today, it’s one of the best phones, period. It’s an expensive device, sure, but with more than double the starting storage of the iPhone X at around the same starting price. It actually comes out to be a better deal over Apple’s comparable offering.
Its key selling point this time around is the unique S-Pen, which no longer requires a charge. Not only will you be able to do normal stylus-like things with the new S-Pen, you’ll also be able to use it to take selfies remotely, giving you shots you otherwise would be incapable of getting.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is also one of the best camera phones in Samsung’s lineup, with a camera that easily outshines most of the competition.
That’s on top of the improved cooling and battery life, which will see this jumbo device last you through most of the day without burning a hole through your pocket – even if the price does.
Read the full Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review
4. Samsung Galaxy S10e
Release date: March 2019 | Weight: 150g | Dimensions: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 3,100mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP
Superb camera for price
Easy to use in one hand
No in-screen scanner
Thicker than the S10
Fancy an S10 but don’t want to spend lots of money? Samsung has you covered with its more affordable Galaxy S10e, which is a new addition to the company’s range of flagship phones for 2019.
The S10e loses a lot of the top-end features you’ll find on the two S10 products above in this list such as the in-screen scanner or high-res display, but it has a slick design for its lower price.
There’s a dual rear camera that can take some impressive shots considering the price of this handset, plus you’ll be sporting a top-end chipset inside alongside either 6GB or 8GB of RAM.
Overall, the Galaxy S10e isn’t anywhere near as impressive as the other two parts of the S10 range but if you’re not looking to spend lots of money, this is one of the best Samsung phones for you.
Read the full Samsung Galaxy S10e review
5. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Still a great Samsung phone
Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Great dual-aperture camera
Not all that different to S8 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is big, in fact its 6.2-inch screen would make it very big, were it not for the almost complete absence of bezel and the curved edges, which ensure it’s actually quite manageable in the hand. The screen is one of the best around too – it’s sharp and sports great colors.
The Galaxy S9 Plus also stands out through its dual 12MP cameras, one of which is a dual-aperture one, meaning it can switch between f/1.5 for dark scenes and f/2.4 for everything else.
Other highlights include impressive stereo speakers and a big 3,500mAh battery. There’s flagship power too of course, and all the bells and whistles that tend to go with that, like a stylish metal and glass build, water resistance, wireless charging and various biometric security options, including a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner and a face scanner.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus review
6. Samsung Galaxy S9
A solid flagship at a now lower price
Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Very similar to S8
Only has a single lens camera
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a smaller, cheaper (but still expensive) alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.
The 5.8-inch screen makes it potentially preferable if you have smaller hands or pockets, and as with the S9 Plus it’s more compact than you might expect, thanks to its slim bezels and curvy screen.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has many of the same high points as the S9 Plus, including a sharp, vibrant display, a high-end build, plenty of power and various biometric security options.
It’s only got a single-lens camera, but it’s still a very good one, and the battery is smaller, so this is definitely the weaker phone in the S9 range.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S9 review
7. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
A beastly phone for stylus fans
Release date: September 2017 | Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2630 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is an older model of Samsung’s other flagship, designed for those who want a truly massive 6.3-inch screen and a stylus (known as the S-Pen) to help make the most of it.
Other than that, it has much in common with the Galaxy S range, with a similar (and similarly stylish) glass back and metal frame, a QHD curved screen and a dual-lens rear camera.
There’s lots of power too, though it’s using a 2017 chipset rather than a 2019 one, so it’s not quite a match for the S9 or S10 range. But then it’s also now a little cheaper than the S10 Plus and still has water resistance, wireless charging and loads of storage.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review
8. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
The ‘A’ stands for affordable
Release date: October 2018 | Weight: 168g | Dimensions: 159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2220 | CPU: Exynos 7885 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: 24MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP
Lots of storage
Body feels hollow
We’re quite low in our list of the best Samsung phones, but this is the best mid-range phone from the company that has been released specifically for that budget range.
The Galaxy A7 (2018) is far more affordable than a lot of the other devices you’ll find on this list but it comes with some impressive spec considering that.
For example, there’s a triple camera array on the back that includes a 24MP, 8MP and 5MP shooter. On the front, there’s a 24MP shooter for taking your selfies too.
It’s not a top-end phone, but if you’re looking for a Samsung device that doesn’t break the bank it’s well worth considering the Galaxy A7.
Read the full Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review
9. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
A great big-screen option
Release date: April 2017 | Weight: 173g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Only has a single lens camera
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is a big-screen alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S8, but it’s not just the 6.2-inch display that’s bigger, the 3,500mAh battery is too.
Otherwise this is a very similar phone, with many of the same pros and cons. You get a sharp display with great contrast and colors, a powerful – if now slightly dated – chipset, a 12MP single lens camera that excels in most lighting, and more biometric options than you’ll know what to do with.
It’s also cheaper than the S10 Plus, S9 Plus or Galaxy Note phones, making the Galaxy S8 Plus a slightly more affordable big-screen option – though it lacks the dual-lens cameras of those phones.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review
10. Samsung Galaxy S8
Release date: April 2017 | Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Big and sharp screen
Bixby isn’t very useful
The Samsung Galaxy S8 was one of the best phones of 2017 and it still ranks high now. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is only a fairly minor upgrade – though the S10 range has it well and truly beat.
The S8 has a sharp 1440 x 2960 5.8-inch OLED screen, which of course, is curved. It’s got a great design, with a metal frame, a glass back and minimal bezel, it’s got a 12MP camera that outperforms most phones and even now it’s still very powerful.
It’s also water-resistant, supports wireless charging and has a fingerprint scanner, a face scanner and an iris scanner – though the latter two don’t work as well as on the Galaxy S9 and the former is in a more annoying position. Still, they’re small complaints about what’s otherwise a minor classic in the smartphone world.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S8 review
11. Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
The first quad-rear-camera phone
Release date: October 2018 | Weight: 183g | Dimensions: 162.5 x 77 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2220 | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3800mAh | Rear camera: 24MP + 8MP + 10MP + 5MP | Front camera: 24MP
FOUR rear cameras!
Sharp 6.3-inch AMOLED screen
Might be outvalued by scrappier midrange phones
The Samsung Galaxy A9’s big draw is its four rear cameras: a 24MP main shooter, an 8MP 120-degree wide-angle lens, a 5MP depth-sensing camera and a 10MP telephoto lens supposedly capable of 2x optical magnification. (There’s also a 24MP front-facing camera, too.) Not bad for a midrange phone!
Of course, the A9 is perched at the top of the company’s midrange offerings and just below its flagship S line, so it’s pushing the label “midrange.” Its specs, however, aren’t entirely cutting edge with its Exynos 7885 chip, though its 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and 3,800mAh battery are respectable.
Whether the rest of the phone lives up to its camera cluster will be a far more serious question to answer when more phones replicate its four-lens trick, but for now, the A9 hold bragging rights – and serious photo clout at the midrange level.
Read our hands-on: Samsung Galaxy A9 review
12. Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Flagship features at a lower price point
Release date: January 2018 | Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.6-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2220 | CPU: Exynos 7885 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 16MP + 8MP
Super-vivid OLED screen
Quality, water-resistant build
Low light photos could be better
No 4K video recording
The Samsung Galaxy A8 finds the sweet spot between Samsung’s flagship S range, and the slightly more basic J and lower-numbered A devices with a mix of high-end features and more affordable compromises.
One feature that is unique to the Galaxy A8 compared to most other Samsung phones in this list is its dual front-facing selfie cameras.
There’s a 16MP primary sensor, which sits alongside an 8MP snapper and allows you to access the Live Focus feature, which blurs the background of portrait shots to create a bokeh effect.
The Galaxy A8 delivers many of the core features offered by the flagships. You can get more for your money elsewhere, but if you’re set on Samsung there’s little to complain about here.
Read our full review: Samsung Galaxy A8